A Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) is a document issued by the Employment and Social Development Canada/Service Canada (ESDC).

As its name suggests, it is an assessment of the labour market which is required by the Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) before a Canadian employer HIRING a temporary foreign worker.

The ESDC will assess the likely impact the temporary foreign worker would have on the Canadian labour market and ensure that Canadians WILL have the first opportunity at the available jobs.

A positive LMIA will show that there is a need for a foreign worker to fill the job and that no Canadian worker is available to do the job.

Labour Market Impact Assessment

Canadian employers who wish to hire temporary foreign worker may need a document called Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) before they can do so.

In order to find out whether or not an LMIA application is needed. The employer can review the list of LMIA exemption codes, or contact an International Mobility Worker Unit for help.

To submit for an LMIA application, employers must pay the application fees and include all the required supporting documentation to the Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC)/Service Canada. Some documents required may vary between different provinces.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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Gathering Necessary Documentation

We are here to help! We’ll guide you to collect and compile every document needed for your application. Without a well prepared application and needed supporting documents, the processing of your application would not only be delayed, it could even be refused.